The 30-year-old Croatia international was a member of the Barcelona team which crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Roma earlier this week and is understood to be considering his future with the Catalans.
Rakitic has struggled for form this season and believes a move away from the Blaugrana will reignite his career. With the arrival of Philippe Coutinho this winter, Rakitic is expected to be one of the casualties of Ernesto Valverde’s remodelling of the Barcelona squad.
Andres Iniesta, 35, the grand old man of Catalunya, is expected to leave the Camp Nou as well when the season is over.
Rakitic remains of interest to United but is understood to prefer a move to London, specifically Arsenal. In a volte-face, the Gunners are now open to signing older players as they prepare to end the Wenger years and look for a quick fix to return to the top four of the Premier League, along with the resultant Champions League football.
It’s claimed the Croat prefers Arsenal’s style of play than the dreary football with which Mourinho is synonymous.